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Coimbatore INRC: Shivram wins ahead of Ilyas

Team Akshara’s Chetan Shivram won the second round of the Indian National Rally Championship on Sunday, as six-time series champion Gaurav Gill retired from Rally Coimbatore.

Gaurav Gill eases to victory in Dakshin Dare

Mahindra Adventure driver Gaurav Gill maintained his unbeaten record in Dakshin Dare with an easy run to victory in the 2019 edition of the event.

South India INRC: Mascarenhas wins, Gill recovers to third

Team Champions’ Dean Mascarenhas claimed victory in the opening round of the Indian National Rally Championship, while factory Mahindra driver Gaurav Gill put on a charging display to claim the final spot on the podium.

Mahindra unveils rally-spec Super XUV300

Mahindra has taken the covers off the Super XUV300 ahead of its debut in the Indian National Rally Championship this weekend.

JK Tyre relaunches national rally team with Gaurav Gill

JK Tyre will return to the Indian National Rally Championship with a factory team spearheaded by three-time Asia Pacific Rally Champion Gaurav Gill.

Maruti Suzuki explains why it quit rallying in India

India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki says it abruptly quit Indian motorsport in the middle of 2018 because its rallying initiatives had “more or less served” its purpose.

Gill: Maruti should see rallying as more than "competiton to win"

Factory Mahindra driver Gaurav Gill says Maruti Suzuki should see cross-country rallying as more than a “competition to win”, following the manufacturer’s abrupt exit from Indian motorsports.

Indian rallies need "more security" to introduce roadbooks - Metge

Sherco TVS ace Adrien Metge says Indian cross-country rallies need to ramp up security around their events before they can consider replacing GPS devices with roadbooks.

Desert Storm: Mishra wins as Mahindra falters

Aabhishek Mishra lodged his second consecutive victory in Desert Storm on Saturday after the factory Mahindra team was hobbled by a spate of technical issues.

Desert Storm: TVS rider Metge takes emphatic Moto win

TVS Racing rider Adrien Metge led the Desert Storm rally from start to finish to take an emphatic five-minute victory over Hero MotoSports rival CS Santosh.

Technical issues put Gill out of Desert Storm contention

Factory Mahindra driver Gaurav Gill has dropped out of contention in Desert Storm after losing over an hour in the penultimate leg due to a technical issue.

Calendar for 2019 Indian National Rally Championship unveiled

FMSCI has unveiled a six-round calendar for the 2019 Indian National Rally Championship, the first to be held by new promoter Champions Yacht Club.

Bengauluru INRC: Ilyas beats Mascarenhas to win opener

Younus Ilyas emerged victorious in the curtain-raising round of the Indian National Rally Championship in Bengaluru after staving off a late challenge from chief rival Dean Mascarenhas.

Beating Mahindra for INRC wins driving force for Volkswagen

Sirish Vissa says beating the factory Mahindra team with customer-entered Polo cars is a big driving force for Volkswagen Motorsport India.

Volkswagen open to more factory INRC entries with Polo R2

Volkswagen Motorsport will “evaluate” further factory entries in the Indian National Rally Championship with the Polo R2, but is unable to commit to anything at present.

Popular Rally: Sixth INRC title for Gaurav Gill

Mahindra Adventure stalwart Gaurav Gill became the Indian National Rally Champion for the sixth time with a convincing victory in the season-concluding Popular Rally on Sunday.

Chikmagalur INRC: Kadur wins from Ghosh

Karna Kadur cruised to victory in the penultimate round of Indian National Rally Championship in Chikmagalur, while Gaurav Gill staged an emphatic comeback to finish fifth overall in Coffee Day India rally.

Chikmagalur INRC: Kadur takes lead after Gill's retirement

Karna Kadur moved into the lead of the Chikmagalur round of the Indian National Rally Championship after overnight leader Gaurav Gill suffered an unfortunate retirement in the final stage of Saturday.

Arunachal INRC: Gill leads Urs after Saturday

Gaurav Gill built a sizeable gap on the opening day of Rally of Arunachal, as Phalguna Urs denied Mahindra Adventure a 1-2 finish.

TVS secures National 2W Rally Championship title

TVS Racing enjoyed another successful year in the MRF National 2W Rally Championship, clinching titles in four out of five categories.

Opinion: Organisers should avoid clashes in domestic motorsport

India’s domestic motorsport calendar isn’t the most packed in the world. Far from it. Yet we somehow still manage to have date clashes between major races and rallies.

Raid de Himalaya: Saikia and Nataraj crowned champions

Team Polaris’ Arindam Saikia and TVS Racing rider R Nataraj were crowned champions in their respective categories of Raid de Himalaya following the conclusion of the final leg on Saturday.

Raid de Himalaya ushers into new era after Maruti exit

The 20th edition of Raid de Himalaya marks the start of a new era for India’s most prestigious cross-country rally, but can the organisers tap its full potential?

Dakshin Dare: Gill scores dominant win on Mahindra's return

Gaurav Gill led a dominant 1-2 finish for Mahindra Adventure in Dakshin Dare, defeating a trio of Maruti Suzuki drivers with relative ease.

India Baja: TVS rider Santolino and Saikia score wins

TVS Racing’s Lorenzo Santolino secured victory in the Moto class of India Baja, beating India’s only Dakar finisher CS Santosh.

India's Billy Monger - the inspiring story of Vikram Agnihotri

Vikram Agnihotri may have lost his arms at a tender age of seven, but that was hardly a deterrent for him to take part in the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 40 years later.

Rallying under the stars - night stages in Desert Storm

This year’s Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm featured several night stages, providing an added challenge for some of India’s best cross-country rallyists.

Privateers shine at this year's Desert Storm

It was refreshing to see privateers bag wins in this year’s Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, while majority of the manufacturers struggled to even make it to the finish.

Desert Storm: Mishra and Mare declared Xtreme and Moto winners

Privateer Aabhishek Mishra (co-driver V Venu Rameshkumar) and South African Mare took top honours in the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm following the final leg on Friday.

Bangalore INRC: Gill clinches fifth title with win

Mahindra’s Gaurav Gill won the season-concluding K-1000 Rally in Bangalore to clinch his fifth Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) title.

Arunachal INRC: Gill moves closer to title with win

Mahindra’s Gaurav Gill claimed an easy win in the Rally of Arunachal to inch a step closer to his fifth Indian National Rally Championship title.

How organisers ensure safety at Raid de Himalaya

Raid de Himalaya arguably remains India’s most dangerous cross-country rally, despite several precautionary measures taken by the organisers.

44 retirements in 2017 Raid de Himalaya

Raid de Himalaya turned out to be a tough nut to crack this year, with 44 competitors retiring from the prestigious cross-country rally across both categories.

Raid de Himalaya: Rana and Tanveer crowned champions

Maruti Suzuki’s Suresh Rana claimed a dominant victory in the Xtreme Cars category of the Raid de Himalaya, while TVS Racing’s Abdul Wahid Tanveer notched up his second successive Xtreme Bikes title.

Opinion: One-off events like Raid, Desert Storm need more promotion

Rallying provides a great platform to involve the general public, but efforts need to be made to boost participation in such events.

Coimbatore INRC: Gill storms to victory in first round

Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) won the MRF Rally of Coimbatore on Sunday.

Opinion: Once-popular INRC needs that big push

The start of the four-wheeler rally championship is one of the most exciting on the Indian motorsport calendar.

Dakshin Dare: Rana and Nataraj crowned champions

Team Maruti Suzuki driver Suresh Rana and TVS Racing ace R Nataraj have won the 2017 edition of Dakshin Dare cross-country rally in their respective categories.

India Baja: Hero's Rodrigues, Chiripal take wins

Hero MotoSports’ Joaquim Rodrigues has been crowned the Moto class winner in the second edition of India Baja, after defeating a quartet of TVS Racing bikes during the two-day cross-country rally in Jaisalmer.

Desert Storm, Leg 5: Rana wins Xtreme, Nataraj seals Moto after late drama

Suresh Rana has won the Xtreme class of Desert Storm, while a late turn of events saw R Nataraj take the top honours in the Moto category.

Chikmagalur Rally: Kadur & Takale share wins in INRC & IRC's penultimate round

Karna Kadur won the Indian National Rally Championship's category of Chikmagalur Rally on Sunday, while Sanjay Takale emerged victorious in the Indian Rally Championship contingent.

Rana and Tanveer win shortened Raid de Himalaya

Suresh Rana and Abdul Wahid Tanveer claimed victory in 2016 Raid de Himalaya, which was cut short after the tragic incident where Subhamoy Paul lost his life.

Rally de North: Rao and Kumar wins INRC & IRC classes

Arjun Rao and Dhirendra Kumar emerged victorious in the INRC and IRC classes of Rally de North respectively, on Sunday.

Rally of Maharashtra: Gill, Abhilash takes dominant win in INRC, IRC classes

Gaurav Gill (co-driver Musa Sherif) and Abhilash PG (co-driver Srikanth Gowda) took victory in the INRC and IRC categories in Rally of Maharashtra, at Nashik.

Dakshin Dare, Leg 5: Rana takes win in cars and Nataraj dominates bikes

Manali-born Suresh Rana added another feather to his cap by winning the 2016 Dakshin Dare cross-country rally, beating reigning champion Sandeep Sharma.

Dakshin Dare, Leg 4: Rana holds on top spot, Nataraj extends advantage

Nine-time Raid de Himalaya winner Suresh Rana held on on to his lead despite it slashing to three minutes in the cars category at the end of fourth leg in Dakshin Dare on Thursday.

Dakshin Dare, Leg 3: Rana leads in cars, Nataraj takes over bikes top spot

Suresh Rana (co-driver Parminder Thakur) continues to lead the Extreme Cars category of Dakshin Dare after the conclusion of the the third leg on Wednesday.

Rally of Coimbatore: Ghosh, Thapar victorious in season-opener

Amittrajit Ghosh and co-driver Ashwin Naik took win in the INRC category in Rally of Coimbatore with Samir Thapar and co-driver Gurinder Mann winning IRC class.

MRF returns to Indian rally scene

Indian giant MRF tyres makes a return to Indian rally fold as the title sponsor of the championship from the 2016 season.

Lohitt Urs announces retirement from motor racing

The defending Indian Rally Champion Lohitt Urs announced his retirement from motor racing after a successful career in the sport.

Shreya Iyer unfazed by gender stereotyping in motor racing

Upcoming Indian cross-country talent Shreya Iyer says she is not concerned with the typical gender segregation done in motor racing and believes it to be just an opinion of some.

FMSCI releases calendar for 2016 Indian Rally Championship

Federation of Motor Sports Club of India released the five-round calendar for 2016 Indian Rally Championship, on Friday

Santosh: "Still the best in India" after Desert Storm domination

CS Santosh insists his commanding win in Desert Storm proves that he’s still the best cross-country rider in the country.

Rana feels his pressure led Mishra to crash out from Desert Storm

Suresh Rana says he was catching early-Desert Storm leader Aabhishek Mishra - and that pressure could have played a role in latter crashing out in leg 5.

Desert Storm, Leg 6: Rana, Santosh victorious in Xtreme and Moto class

Suresh Rana and CS Santosh have won their respective categories at Desert Storm, following the conclusion of the final leg on Saturday in the Thar Desert.

Desert Storm, Leg 5: Rana takes lead as Mishra suffers heavy crash

Team Maruti's Suresh Rana took over the lead of the Desert Storm during the fifth leg in the Xtreme category as Aabhishek Mishra crashes out on Friday.

Desert Storm, Leg 4: Mishra's lead truncated, Santosh still dominates

The order at the front remains unchanged at Desert Storm as Aabhishek Mishra and CS Santosh continue to lead in their respective categories after leg 4.

Desert Storm, Leg 3: Mishra, Santosh stay on top

Aabishek Mishra and CS Santosh continue to hold the lead in their respective categories on the conclusion of the third leg of Desert Storm on Wednesday.

Desert Storm, Leg 2: Mishra, Santosh maintain lead in class

Aabhishek Mishra and CS Santosh extended their advantage in their respective categories during the second day of Desert Storm on Tuesday.

Desert Storm, Leg 1: Mishra, Santosh lead Xtreme and Moto class

Defending champions Aabhishek Mishra and CS Santosh started their 2016 Desert Storm campaigns on an ominous note, topping the opening leg on Monday.